Physicians United in Demanding Respect and Honesty from the Government

Montréal, August 20, 2014 – During the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), delegates from all of the medical associations in Canada adopted a unanimous special motion, joining their voices to those of the medical federations in Québec. Thus, the Canadian Medical Association insists on the necessity for governments not to rescind freely-negotiated and signed agreements through the use of legislative measures.

Addressing participants, the President of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ), Dr Diane Francœur, and the President of the Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ), Dr Louis Godin, reminded everyone that Québec physicians negotiated and signed agreements in good faith with the government with regards to the conditions of their remuneration. "While various investments were planned in medicine for the last two years of the agreement, the new government of Québec, in its effort to reach a balanced budget, disavows its signature and refuses to respect the agreement. Québec physicians are ready to take part in the effort to balance the budget, but they nevertheless demand that the government negotiate in good faith."

The two federations deplore the fact that the government is not really negotiating and is even threatening physicians with the adoption of a special law that would unilaterally modify the signed agreements. "Our healthcare system is constantly confronted with important challenges. Cooperation between the government and physicians is not limited to the negotiation of their working conditions, but also aspires to enhance the efficacy of our healthcare system for patients and respond to the numerous challenges which arise."

For the FMOQ and the FMSQ, by scorning its commitments, the government is breaking faith with the medical profession and is calling into question this important partnership.

The FMOQ is an 8,000-member strong professional union representing the general practitioners of Québec. Its mission is to represent the professional and scientific interests of its members. For more information on the FMOQ, please consult its website at www.fmoq.org.

The Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec represents close to 10,000 medical specialists certified in one of the 53 recognized medical specialties.

The CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing over 80,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations as well as 60 national medical organizations.